Apogee Electronics Duet USB Audio Interface for iPad, Mac & Windows 10

Apogee Electronics Duet USB Audio Interface for iPad, Mac & Windows 10

Apogee Electronics Duet USB Audio Interface for iPad, Mac & Windows 10

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Product Highlights

  • 2 Input / 4 Output
  • 2 High-Gain Microphone Preamps
  • Phantom Power
  • Soft Limit
  • Full Color OLED Screen
  • Multi-Function Controller Knob
  • Maestro 2 Software for Mac and iOS
  • Includes PC-Compatible Maestro Software
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The Duet USB Audio Interface for iPad, Mac and Windows 10 from Apogee is a portable audio interface that builds on the success of the Duet 2 by adding compatibility with Windows 10 to Mac and iOS devices. For mac users, it provides a direct digital Lightning connection that allows for DC charging of the Apple device.

This interface is capable of making studio quality recordings of vocals, guitars, bass, keyboards, drums, and other sources. The unit's portability and option of being USB bus powered allows you to create music any time. The microphone preamps offer high-gain amplification for capturing performances clearly, and the outputs are capable of presenting detailed and well imaged sound for mixing and mastering.

The dual microphone preamps feature enhanced components and seamless, click-free transitions throughout the 75 dB of gain. The preamps are optimized for any sound source, so no matter what's being recorded, it gets captured in detail. The interface utilizes an ESS Sabre32 32-bit hyperstream DAC with circuitry to eliminate time domain jitter and provide ample dynamic range and low distortion conversion. A full color, high-resolution OLED display is the main control center for the Duet, providing visual feedback for multiple functions including metering, numeric value for input and output levels, input grouping, phase, muting, phantom power and Soft Limit indication. The display provides immediate status of the inputs and outputs without having to refer to Maestro or the host recording software.

Stereo headphones or left and right mono speaker outs can be assigned in pairs to output 1-2 or 3-4 or the low latency mixer, and each can be placed in stereo, mono, muted or dimmed modes. It is possible for a DJ to monitor a separate mix in headphones while sending a house mix to the club, a live performer to send a click track to in-ear monitors while sending a backing track to front-of-house, and a recording engineer to send a headphone mix to the performer while dedicating the main outputs to studio monitors.

For use with iOS devices, an optional Lightning or 30-pin cable may be purchased. The Duet ships with a USB cable for connecting to your Mac or PC.

Features
  • Direct digital connection to iPhone 5, iPad 4th Gen, iPad mini
  • Works with iPad mini, 2nd, 3rd Gen; iPod touch 4th and 5th generation or iPhone 4/4s, 5/5c/5s (Lightning and 30-pin adapter cable sold separately)
  • DC power charges your iPad, iPod touch or iPhone when it's connected
  • USB 2.0 audio interface with completely redesigned microphone preamps and converters
  • Two microphone preamps deliver up to 75 dB of gain
  • Two combo Line/Microphone/Instrument analog inputs
  • Two balanced line outputs with +20 dBu maximum output level
  • Independent 1/4" stereo headphone output
  • Single USB MIDI connection for CoreMIDI compatible keyboards, synths or DJ controllers
  • 24-bit/192 kHz analog-to-digital and digital-to-analog conversion
  • Selectable 48V phantom power, Soft Limit and phase invert
  • Maestro 2 software for Mac and PC; free downloadable Maestro app for iOS
  • Top panel, high-resolution OLED display
  • Multi-function controller knob
  • An optional aluminum breakout box with studio quality I/O connectors is available separately
  • Compatible with Windows 10 operating systems
Two Assignable Top Panel Touch Pads
  • Mute speakers, headphones or all outputs
  • Assign headphones to outputs 1-2, 3-4 or low latency mixer
  • Dim speakers, headphones or all outputs
  • Sum to mono speakers, headphones or all outputs
UPC: 805676301167
In the Box
Apogee Electronics Duet USB Audio Interface for iPad, Mac & Windows 10
  • Breakout Cable
  • USB Cable
  • Universal Power Adapter for US, UK and EU
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
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    iOS Device Compatibility iPod touch (5th generation)
    iPod touch (4th generation)
    iPhone 5s, iPhone 5c, iPhone 5
    iPhone 4s, iPhone 4 (with optional 30-pin adapter)
    iPad (4th generation)
    iPad (3rd generation),
    iPad 2 (with optional 30-pin adapter)
    iPad mini
    Compatibility Mac:
    Any Mac Core Audio compatible application
    Recommended apps: Logic, GarageBand, MainStage, Final Cut, Pro Tools, Ableton Live, Digital Performer, Studio One, Cubase, and Nuendo

    iOS: Any audio application

    PC: Computers sporting Windows 10 operating systems

    Interface USB 2.0
    Analog Input 2 x XLR-1/4" combination (on breakout cable)
    Line (balanced + 20 dBu max)
    Mic / Instrument (+ 20 dBu / +14 dBu max)
    2 x Microphone preamps with up to 75 dB of gain
    Selectable 48 V phantom power, soft Limit and phase invert
    Analog Output 4 analog outputs:
    2 x balanced line outputs, +20 dBu maximum output level
    1 x independent 1/4" (6.4 mm) stereo headphone output
    MIDI In/Out Yes
    Headphone Output Yes
    A/D Conversion Max Input Level (+4 dBu ref): +20 dBu
    Max Input Level (-10 dBV ref): +6 dBV
    Input Impedance: 5 kOhm
    Frequency Response 20 Hz to 20 kHz: > ±0.2 dB (@44.1 kHz)
    Relative THD + N: -106 dB (@ 96 kHz)
    Dynamic Range: 114 dB (A-weighted)
    D/A Conversion Max Output Level (+4 dBu ref): +20 dBu
    Max Output Level (-10 dBV ref): +6 dBV
    Line Output Impedance: 90 ohm
    Max Output Level Headphones: 19 dBu
    HPH Output Impedance: 30 ohm
    Frequency Response 20 Hz to 20 kHz: > ±0.0 5dB (@44.1 kHz)
    Relative THD+N : -113 dB (@96 kHz)
    Dynamic Range: 123 dB (A-weighted)
    Power Requirements USB bus powered
    System Requirements Mac OS:
    Computer: Intel Mac 1.5 GHz or faster
    Memory: 2 GB RAM minimum, 4 GB recommended
    OS: 10.6.8, 10.7.5 or greater
    Connection and Power: Any available USB port on a Mac
    USB bus powered; DC power optional
    (DC power supply included)

    iOS:
    iOS Version: 6 or greater
    Connection: Optional Lightning dock or 30-pin connector cable
    DC power required (DC power supply included)
    Dimensions (WxDxH) Not specified by manufacturer
    Weight Not specified by manufacturer
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 3.0 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 8.9 x 6.8 x 4.2"
    Duet USB Audio Interface for iPad, Mac & Windows 10 is rated 4.7 out of 5 by 3.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Simple. Works and Sounds great If you need an affordable and portable interface to record audio, you've found it. As many people know, good pre's can make lower quality mic's shine and high quality mic's sound phenomenal. For the price the Duet does a great job. I don't use the iPad/iPhone recording aspect of it, I use it to record VO and instruments in DAW as well as use it as the output to my monitors (instead of the headphone jack on the computer) The sound coming in and going out sounds very clean. The portability is handy and although I didn't buy it for that, I've already taken it on location 3 times in the first week I've owned it and it's a lightweight device to travel with. The only downside (which I knew going in) is that it has breakout cables vs, connections in the i/o box, but that was part of the design intentionally to make it portable. I personally prefer connections in the box but it wasn't worth the investment to next larger version for what I use it for so the breakout cable is fine.
    Date published: 2016-12-07
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from So far so good... I had it for a week but only used couple of times. Today I tried with a condenser mic for a vocal it sounds good, as expected... I didn't like Maestro app... Interface is very boring and has small buttons...
    Date published: 2016-03-06
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Apogee Great product. Also Have the Apogee fire wire.Easy set up. Would like to see interface intetoperability. So far dissapointed in IPAD interface, Likely on logic prox.
    Date published: 2016-07-06
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